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From 'Heavy Gang' to Bailey case, how gardai haven't learnt lessons

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Joanne Hayes of the Kerry babies case

Joanne Hayes of the Kerry babies case

Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey

Judge Frederick Morris

Judge Frederick Morris

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Joanne Hayes of the Kerry babies case

Reflecting on the Kerry Babies case 30 years on leads to two apparently contradictory conclusions. The first is the bad news that the irregular practices of some gardai then are still evident 30 years later in current controversies like the Bailey case in west Cork.

The good news is that despite hostility from other members and superiors within the force individual gardai are still prepared to stand up against the malpractices of some of their colleagues, often at great personal cost. These days, they are called whistle-blowers and, thankfully, they have always existed.


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